Founder of Vittana, turning global education into opportunity
Kushal is the founder and CEO of Vittana. Vittana was founded on the belief that literacy is not enough and that education must be about opportunity. With just $25, anyone can help youth around the world become nurses, teachers, engineers or any of 100+ other callings on www.vittana.org and help break the cycle of poverty once and for all. Established in 2009, Vittana today works in 12 countries, has a 99% repayment rate and can triple someone's income -- that is, take someone living on $3 a day to $9 a day. Vittana's work has been highlighted in the Economist ("a hotbed of innovation"), Los Angeles Times ("Superbien. Grandioso."), Fast Company ("5 Social Entrepreneurs Who'll Change the World") and dozens of other leading publications. Previously, Kushal ran technology for a $1B+ team at Amazon.com and is the author of 20+ patents, papers and talks. In his free time, he runs triathlons and trains guide dogs for the blind. Kushal was recently named one of Seattle's Top 40 People Under 40 and voted the #1 Game-changer in Philanthropy by 1.7 million readers on Huffington Post.